Meet the Seedsters

ALLEN GARDNER

BIRTHDAY: JULY 18

Allen is quick to jump in to help the Staff move and arrange things.  He truly wants to be the best he can be in all that he does and pays strong attention to detail. Allen loves chocolate, puzzles, staying on schedule, and being outdoors. His favorite class at The Mustard Seed is the gardening class, where he loves to get his hands dirty.

AMANDA BROWNING

BIRTHDAY: JULY 8

There’s a lot of reasons we love Amanda. Whether it is her energy for Weight Watchers, her love for her sister, her constant singing of worship music, or the fact that she claims she can eat 6 watermelons in one day, Amanda is simply contagious. She says her favorite memory EVER was when she got to ride in a police car for her 26th birthday.

ANDY BALTHIS

BIRTHDAY: NOV 29

Andy enjoys telling people about Bat Man and takes advantage of opportunities to enjoy the good life, eating and sleeping.. His gentle spirit and great attitude are ever present on the days he attends the day program. Andy also loves his animals!

ANGIE PARSONS

BIRTHDAY: FEB 18

Angie is the teeny-bop pop culture queen!  She loves music and dancing and is always singing her favorites tunes from High School Musical.  Angie is a Day Client at The Mustard Seed, who easily endears everyone to herself.

BENNY BAXTER

BIRTHDAY: JAN 19

Benny is the first to greet volunteers as they arrive at The Mustard Seed. He is a social butterfly and loves making new friends almost as much as he loves fishing, Mississippi Braves Baseball, and eating. Benny could eat all day and never gain a pound. If only we all were so lucky! Benny is so outgoing and nice.

BILL BROWN

BIRTHDAY: DEC 31

“Mr. Bill” is our oldest Seedster, born in 1942, and he lives in our Men’s Group Home. He loves everything MSU related, his favorite food is turkey, he enjoys singing “ Jesus Loves Me”, and he says he most looks forward to seeing his mother and father again in Heaven one day.

BLAIR ALLEN

BIRTHDAY: JAN 9

Blair enjoys art.  He is a “born artist” who has a strong attention to detail and even keeps a database of images on his iPad. Blair loves throwing the Frisbee, painting in neutral or darker colors, and only does one of a kind pieces where he never repeats the same design twice.

CAROLINE STONE

BIRTHDAY: JAN 28

Caroline is a little on the shy side but catches everyone’s attention with her sweet smile. She enjoys basketball, music, singing in the choir at church, and watching movies at the Seed, especially High School Musical to which she will dance, dance, dance to every song in the movie.

CHARLIE WINSTEAD

BIRTHDAY: FEB 10

Charlie is very well respected by everyone he meets and has weekly roles at his home church. He has served as a volunteer at the Madison Fire Department for 13 years, and can quote any Bible verse from memory. He loves painting, puzzle books, strumming his guitar while singing hymns in devotion, but above all he loves his mother.

DAMIAN FORD

BIRTHDAY: FEB 22

Damian participates and enjoys being a part of Mississippi Special Olympics. He also loves football and spending time with his friends and family. Although Damian is only at The Mustard Seed for a  few days a week, he’s an integral part of our family here.

EMILY OLANDER

BIRTHDAY: FEB 27

Some of Emily’s favorite things are painting, chocolate, the color purple, being healthy, and her brother Justin. We asked Emily what she would say if she could choose one thing to tell the world. Her response was, “Do what is right, be nice, and do what God wants you to do.”

EMILY ROBINSON

BIRTHDAY: OCT 6

She loves country music, Duck Dynasty, the color teal, and Alan Jackson. Emily has a great baby doll collection, and is a friend to everyone she meets.Emily loves to talk and hang out with her friends and makes it clear to everyone around her that she cares about them.

ERIN SHOWAH

BIRTHDAY: JAN 9

Erin represented Team USA in Bowling at the 2011 World Special Olympics in Greece.  In addition to being a Mustard Seed day client, Erin works with her family at The Crawdad Hole and loves foreign languages, Shania Twain, and singing! She is so fun!

EVE WALSH

BIRTHDAY: NOV 27

Eve is a part of The Mustard Seed’s Bells of Faith and comes to be a part of the Day Program on Monday afternoons.  During the school year, Eve works full time in the cafeteria at St. Richard’s Catholic School.  In her spare time, Eve enjoys playing softball and wearing her “Pink Ladies” jacket. We also think Eve has THE BEST laugh!

GABRIELLE CHAMBERS

BIRTHDAY: JAN 1

Gabrielle loves poetry and writing songs. Her favorite song she has written is titled “There is A Greater Love.” She also loves ribs, the color pink, and her family. Her favorite movie is Pride & Prejudice even if it’s, as she says, “super, super, super long.” Gabrielle is one of a kind!

HEATHER FRAZIER

BIRTHDAY: MAY 3

Heather loves camo and reading magazines. She loves country music ALMOST as much as she loves both of her brothers. She can often be seen walking and singing around campus to get in her fit bit steps. Full of spunk, Heather is easy to love and enjoys making others smile.

HEIDI ANDERSON

BIRTHDAY: MAY 1

Heidi is a joy to be around and is a true gift to The Mustard Seed. She enjoys having her nails done, collecting fun jewelry, and shopping with friends and family. Heidi has a contagious smile that affects everyone, and it’s rare to see Heidi when she isn’t smiling or laughing.

JANE KILEEN

BIRTHDAY: NOV 12

Jane is an integral part of The Mustard Seed. Originally from Wisconsin, Jane loves the Green Bay Packers and good cheese. She also helps teach French and Sign Language to the other Seedsters. She is good at everything and wears a lot of hats at The Mustard Seed. We really appreciate her!

JANET NOEL

BIRTHDAY: SEPT 2

Janet has a sweet, laid back demeanor. She loves coloring, shopping, hanging out with the ladies, and anything quiet where she can observe others. She is always smiling and has such a sweet heart. She also loves to watch a good game of baseball.

JAY ROLAND

BIRTHDAY: APRIL 17

Jay fits in perfectly at The Mustard Seed. He loves Ole Miss, playing pool or air hockey, playing basketball, and painting. Jay is extremely extroverted and he loves spending time with volunteers, and his best pal at The Mustard Seed, Matthew Davis.

JEFF BROCK

BIRTHDAY: JAN 26

Jeff is a strong back and a wonderful helper. He enjoys lending a hand to whomever he can. Jeff would literally give someone the shirt off of his back if he thought they needed it. Having been a resident of The Mustard Seed for almost 30 years, Jeff is one of our biggest ambassadors and always talks highly of his home here!

JERRY DEARING

BIRTHDAY: SEPT 6

Jerry lives in our Men’s Group Home and spends his time dancing, entertaining visitors, and hanging out with his best friend Stevo. Jerry loves Hollywood, Disney, recycling, and BBQ (which he claims he could eat for every meal). He never meets a stranger, and we love Jerry!

KRISTY LADUE

BIRTHDAY: MAY 12

Kristy is our Mustard Seed 80’s music guru. When Kristy isn’t jamming out to 80’s music, she can be found in iPad class,  her favorite, or painting. Her favorite food is chile rellenos and she loves talking about her twin sister Hope and brother Danny.

LINDA BYRD

BIRTHDAY: AUG 26

Linda loves crafts, especially beading and sand art. However, not as much as she loves eating cauliflower and broccoli! In her spare time, she loves to paint and watch hummingbirds with her sister, Pat. Linda is so sweet!

LINDSAY HAMILTON

BIRTHDAY: DEC 29

In her spare time, Lindsay’s favorite thing to do is watch Full House or read comedy books filled with knock-knock jokes. She has a knock-knock joke for every day of the week and loves Joey Gladstone from Full House almost as much as she loves playing the piano and praying.

LOGAN CHEW

BIRTHDAY: SEPT 5

Logan loves Weight Watchers, hanging out with her best friends Sarah and Megan, coffee, Starbucks, and collecting coffee mugs. Her piercing blue eyes are ALMOST as beautiful as her heart, and she would go out of her way to help those she loves.

MARY CLAIRE FAIRBANK

BIRTHDAY: JAN 11

Mary Claire loves walking on the treadmill, Christmas, puppets class, and Greg Page. Her favorite song in the world is “This is Me” by Demi Lovato. She is often found reviewing her materials from the sign language, French and History Classes she has taken at The Mustard Seed. When asked what is  one thing she would like someone else to know about her, Mary Claire said, “that I love them.”

MATTHEW DAVIS

BIRTHDAY: JAN 22

Matthew is an avid pool player, and he absolutely LOVES music and television! He is a huge fan of Bob Barker from the “Price is Right”, and his favorite movies (to name a couple) are: “Christmas with the Kranks” and “The Lion King.” Did we mention he also loves Carrie Underwood?

MATTHEW NICHOLS

BIRTHDAY: MAY 25

Matthew loves swimming in the pool, painting ceramics with his signature orange, blue, and yellow colors, and preaching. Matthew knows the Bible by heart, and it shows. He is a true inspiration to all of us here at The Mustard Seed, and we hope to be more like him

MEGAN SCHMIDT

BIRTHDAY: DEC 8

Megan is one of a kind. She loves Weight Watchers, her best friends Logan and Sarah, and helping out in our workshop. In her spare time, Megan enjoys learning German and coloring. She is truly brilliant and can help with just about any task.

MICHELE TREBOTICH

BIRTHDAY: NOV 16

Michele is famous for the angels she paints on all her ceramics. She loves rings, bracelets, and other jewelry, and is also known for keeping everything around her neat and tidy.  Michele’s sweet spirit shines in all that she does.

REBECCA BRATLEY

BIRTHDAY: OCT 21

Although Rebecca’s favorite movies are Pitch Perfect 2 and Annie, Rebecca can quote any line from any movie, at ANY time. One thing that makes Rebecca so special are her daily “Words of Wisdom” where she tells staff her views on different things.

RUSS JOHNSON

BIRTHDAY: APRIL 20

Russ enjoys a laid back lifestyle. He loves to sing, rap, and dance—especially to the “Cupid Shuffle.” One of Russ’ best qualities is that he savors every moment of life, not missing any of the small stuff. His favorite food is pizza, and he really enjoys keeping his areas neat and tidy.

RUSSELL COBB

BIRTHDAY: MAY 23

One of our newest Seedsters, Russell is quite the celebrity in his hometown, even making Homecoming Court at his high school. Russell loves to work with his hands, whether it’s painting ceramics, canvas art, or drawing on his Magna Doodle. While he may seem reserved at first, Russell’s had no trouble making many new Seedster friends!

SARAH AYERS

BIRTHDAY: MARCH 23

Sarah is a natural leader and a good friend to each Seedster.  Some of her favorite things are wearing her cowgirl boots and different shades of lipstick. She is a true fashionista! She also loves riding horses, painting, and doing anything outside. If you want to get on Sarah’s good side, mention two words: GEORGE STRAIT!

SARAH SIMONSON

BIRTHDAY: APRIL 3

Sarah is living proof of the quote “though she is but little, she is fierce.” At a little over 4 feet tall, Sarah is a feisty bundle of fun. She keeps everyone laughing! She speaks often of her sisters and her love for Weight Watchers. When asked to describe herself, Sarah replied that she is “one hot mama.”

STEVEN BRYANT

BIRTHDAY: FEB 21

Steven likes to tell people, “remember me because I’m gonna be famous one day.” Steven loves being an Uncle, John Stamos, Ole Miss football, Steven Spielberg, John Williams, and Jerry, who’s his best friend at The Mustard Seed. Steven also likes to play with his band, Stevo & the Rippers, made up of fellow Seedsters.

WILL TERRY

BIRTHDAY: NOV 5

Will loves painting and coloring, possibly even more than he loves snacking on chips and salsa.  In the rare occasion when Will isn’t painting, he can be found swimming, listening to music, or rocking in the rocking chairs. When asked who his favorite person in the whole wide world was, Will responded, “Will’s dad.”

WILLIAM CRUTCHFIELD

BIRTHDAY: NOV 18

William loves the hot summer days when he can do jump after jump  into The Mustard Seed swimming pool. He loves to dance to Richard Simmons and has perfected his signature move, “William’s Shimmy.” If you’re ever in need of a pick-me-up, William is your guy.

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